We’ve listed 10 of our biggest bug bears that we hate to see on websites – or at least those we can think of straight off the top of our heads! These aren’t necessarily in any order of annoyance, and we’d like you to feel free to comment with any of your own pet hates. Take these with a pinch of salt of course, as everyone’s tastes are different!
- Not everyone has access to a fast broadband connection or a whizzy pc – so your fantastically amazing graphics may well irritate the hell out of us while we’re sitting there patiently waiting for them to load!
- We don’t all use the same internet browser – so make sure your website looks as good in Internet Explorer as it does in Mozilla, or Opera, or blah blah blah! You might be surprised at how differently your website can look in different browsers – so make sure you check it out!
- Repeat after me: “Less is more when it comes to design”! And that includes colour too!
- Splash screens – OK haven’t we moved beyond these yet?! There’s a reason there’s always a skip button on flash intros – so give people the option to view your lovely flash pages, rather than sticking them on your home page and forcing us to come via these page!
- This should be your mantra – “set up a site map”, “set up a site map”, “set up a site map”! Seriously check out Google’s easy site-map generator tool for doing just this. You really don’t have an excuse now!
- We love the use of media in websites, but make sure you use sound intelligently. Clicking on a website and suddenly being exposed to loud music/noise can be startling in the extreme! So make sure you use your sound effects wisely and for the benefit of all!
- Broken links are a no, no! Seriously, why would anyone bother returning to a web page if the links are broken? Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy!
- Using Ajax can interfere with your browser’s history, so if you use it on your home page and someone clicks on your Ajax link within the home page, they may not be able to click back on their browser bar to return to the home page. This is very annoying people! Don’t forget – usability is key!
- Websites that are slow to load. In fact, we hate these so much we may just not wait around. Repeat after us: “My website must load in under 8 seconds!” 😉
- We hate websites that are hard to read – that means hard to read fonts, use of badly contrasting colours, and horrible background images that obscure the text!
Any more you can think of? 😉